Nokia teases QWERTY phone, likely not a Lumia

Nokia has released a teaser image today for an upcoming announcement, potentially revealing a new QWERTY smartphone, although all the signs point to this device falling under the Asha range of low-end quasi-smartphones, as opposed to their flagship Windows Phone Lumia line-up. The image released, seen above, shows off a rounded yellow phone with visible Z and Shift keys, employing a similar style to previous devices in their Asha range.

Another hint that this device probably isn't a Lumia comes from the fact that the phone's unveiling, scheduled to be held at 7am GMT on Wednesday, is being done by Nokia's Mobile Phones team rather than the Lumia team. Also, the particular choice of time for the announcement, which is early in the morning for those living in North America, hints that this device is designated for an Asian launch.

So don't get your hopes up for some sort of Lumia Windows Phone with a QWERTY keyboard, but if you're looking at getting a lower-end Asha phone, perhaps what Nokia has in store in just a few days will be of interest.

Source: Nokia

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anonymf said,
World needs at least one phone with WP8 and hardware keyboard. It's sad that Nokia would not make it.

Yeah, I know a couple of people that are holding out for one too...

Considering the software still has no signs of supporting it, you can pretty much not bother holding out for one.

I'm quite happy with it not happening to be completely honest. Adding a form factor that's so different (I.e. completely different aspect ratio) would require applications to have a massive change, fragmenting what's available to all hell. I'm quite content with the enforcement of hardware being to a similar specification for every phone in that respect =)

anonymf said,
World needs at least one phone with WP8 and hardware keyboard. It's sad that Nokia would not make it.

I could not agree more! +1

ChristopherSmith said,
Considering the software still has no signs of supporting it, you can pretty much not bother holding out for one.

Press PageUp in Windows Phone emulator, now your input from hardware keyboard of your PC would be accepted and on-screen keyboard would gone. PageDown for close of hardware keyboard, Pause Break for toggle.

ChristopherSmith said,
Considering the software still has no signs of supporting it, you can pretty much not bother holding out for one.

I'm quite happy with it not happening to be completely honest. Adding a form factor that's so different (I.e. completely different aspect ratio) would require applications to have a massive change, fragmenting what's available to all hell. I'm quite content with the enforcement of hardware being to a similar specification for every phone in that respect =)

Windows Phone supports keyboards just fine. There were a few first generation devices with keyboards, too. One from HTC, one from LG, and one from Dell.

It actually has some very intuitive features regarding the keyboard. For instance in the people hub when you slide out the keyboard it will automatically open the search mode. In most apps where there is a textbox (such as messaging and Bing search) it will automatically focus the textbox when the keyboard is slid out. I really would love a WP8 device with a keyboard. And a high end one not a bull**** low end one that keyboard devices have been the past 2 years.

Ok =) It's nice to hear they want to support more platforms then! I just hope they don't fragment it too much if they want to run other screen resolutions is all ^^. It just concerns me a bit due to issues I've had with android devices and apps not being particularly suited to differing devices.

If they can do it well, and there's no reason they can't find a way, then that's great! Thanks for filling in the gaps in my knowledge

@deadonthefloor No need to be negative just because I'm not 100% informed. I'm happy to be corrected! You could at least have posted some useful information alongside complaining about people complaining.